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devilmaster
09-08-20, 12:57 PM
And its not april 1st.

https://theathletic.com/2046728/2020/09/08/nascar-submits-plan-to-convert-auto-club-speedway-into-half-mile-short-track/



NASCAR submitted site plans to San Bernardino County on Tuesday, laying out a proposal that will involve remodeling much of the existing infrastructure while also reducing the size of the property’s footprint to free up land for other uses or an eventual sale. According to the plan, which is being called “Next Gen in California,” the track would have long straightaways like Martinsville Speedway but high-banked corners like Bristol Motor Speedway.

devilmaster
09-08-20, 01:34 PM
1055

pfc_m_drake
09-08-20, 06:56 PM
Really sucks.
But, if we're honest, it's more of an indication that land is extremely valuable in Southern California than anything else.

And to think they filmed the closing scenes of Terminator 2 at the San Bernardino County Steel Mill across the street from Fontana.
And the opening post-apocalyptic scene in T2 was filmed on what is now Auto Club Speedway at Fontana!

Still sucks to lose that track (and I say that recognizing it's unfortunate past in open-wheel racing)

nrc
09-08-20, 07:49 PM
Return of the Chicago paperclip! It will be interesting to see how much of this is California land value and how much is just the end of super-speedways as a viable venue.

TravelGal
09-08-20, 09:44 PM
Return of the Chicago paperclip! It will be interesting to see how much of this is California land value and how much is just the end of super-speedways as a viable venue.

Agreed. The track is practically already lost, it's in such poor condition, IIRC. There is nothing to recommend its location either. You think you're coming to LA but you're miles away. You're not even in pretty boonies, you're in outlet/mega mall land. Ugh. Hated driving there the years TravelGuy and I went.

Hard Driver
09-16-20, 03:57 PM
Personally don't like the super speedways. Good for NASCAR races maybe, but Indycars should flatter ovals. Foot to the floor restrictor plate racing, even if there aren't restrictor plates anymore. So I am glad it is off the schedule. Greg Moore dying there also seems to be more track related that most driver deaths.